Lately, I am capable only of small things.

This poem I’ve always loved by Olena Kalytiak Davis (1963-) feels so eerily apt right now.

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My desk tonight.

“Postcard”

Lately, I am capable only of small things.

Is it enough
to feel the heart swimming?

Jim is fine. Our first
garden is thick with spinach
& white radish. Strangely,
it is summer

but also winter & fall.

In response to your asking:
I fill the hours
then lick them shut.

Today, not a single word, but the birds
quietly nodding
as if someone had suggested
moving on.

What is that perfect thing
some one who once believed in god said?

Please don’t misunderstand:
We still suffer, but we are
happy.

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5 thoughts on “Lately, I am capable only of small things.

  1. Thank you Natalie, I loved this poem so much I made a graphic of it! Love your curating [image: Orange Quote Flowers Instagram Post.png]

    On Thu, Apr 16, 2020 at 12:02 AM live in the layers wrote:

    > Natalie Jabbar posted: “This poem I’ve always loved by Olena Kalytiak > Davis (1963-) feels so eerily apt right now. “Postcard” Lately, I am > capable only of small things. Is it enough to feel the heart swimming? Jim > is fine. Our first garden is thick with spinach & white” >

    1. Hi Lisa! I love that. Did you attach the image? It didn’t show up here. Maybe you can link to it somehow? Thank you!–Natalie

  2. Natalie, this is so good – I needed it. Thank you for sharing!

    Sonja

    On Wed, Apr 15, 2020 at 7:02 AM live in the layers wrote:

    > Natalie Jabbar posted: “This poem I’ve always loved by Olena Kalytiak > Davis (1963-) feels so eerily apt right now. “Postcard” Lately, I am > capable only of small things. Is it enough to feel the heart swimming? Jim > is fine. Our first garden is thick with spinach & white” >

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